The LIFE Business been taking heat for its leadership focus and amazing success. Critics contend that the LIFE Business is a pyramid scam. What’s the real truth?
Is The LIFE Business A Pyramid Scheme?
Recently I mentioned to a friend of mine that I wanted to be a better leader therefore, I had begun reading books and listening to CD’s about leadership to help me become a more effective leader. Immediately my friend scoffed at the notion that spending one’s time learning how to become a leader was a fruitless effort.
In his opinion, the leaders have already been chosen; we, by contrast we were the worker bees and that situation would never change. He continued that no matter what training you receive, books you read or motivational CD’s you listen to, ultimately you’ve always got a boss, he or she is in charge and they’re the leader and you have to do what they say; no matter how much you’ve learned.
My friend’s comments left me dumbfounded and for the first time in a long time, speechless.
I know this man well; our kids played together and in fact, we even served together in the Boy Scouts! How could he feel that wanting to become a better leader was fruitless?
After recovering from the shock caused by his words, I countered that everyone is leader somewhere in their lives. Immediately the words which open every LIFE Business CD I’ve listened to states that everyone will be called upon to be a leader at some point in their lives. What about being a better Scout Master, employee or at most, a better father?
In reality, I knew that my friend was only referring to our tenure at work, not to our service as scoutmasters and fathers; however, his comments sent my mind whirling about how crippled United States had become and how far we as Americans had fallen.
The dearth of integrity-based leadership in our country has fostered the growth of individual learned helplessness and apathy.
What does this have to do with the initial question of ‘is the LIFE Business pyramid scheme a scam? In a word...EVERYTHING.
Scams and Cowards
As I originally wrote, our country is passing through very difficult times. Massive layoffs, mounting personal and national debt are the symptoms of a deeper malady, lack of individual and national leadership. This lack of real, principle-based leadership is unraveling the very fabric of our society which cost the best blood of our nation’s history.
We have become a nation of easy consumption with little thought for source or consequence. We live in a time when political pundits, fear mongers, false critics, cynics and naysayers run pell mell. In an effort to push personal, political or corporate agendas cowards have lost the gentle manners with which most of us were raised.
Cowards hide in the dark hammering out subversive half truths to mislead or pervert the unknowing. Any crank can set up a blog, spew out half-truths, and deceive. It’s shameful.
For example, a simple Google search for The LIFE Business yields both positive and negative responses from both adherents and detractors; however, how does anyone wade through the lies, half-truths and deliberate deception to get to the truth?
The LIFE Business pyramid scheme…debunking the lies
Naysayers of the LIFE Business ramble on that it as a pyramid scheme. The LIFE Business has been frequently attacked by anonymous cowards and maligned by others motivated by hidden agendas.
But what of the allegations and purported ‘evidence’ one finds online? How does someone filter through the barrage of information all claiming to be ‘true?’
Is the LIFE Business a Scam?
If you’ve Googled this question, you'll find many sites and blogs devoted to both attacking and defending the LIFE Business.
The question is, now does someone wade through all the muck and find out what’s real?
We live in a microwave society of instant answers; where people accept the top half of Google page 1 as the gospel truth, let alone the near canonical reverence we afford Wikipedia.
Today people too quickly accept whatever they find after a couple of minutes of searching and fall victim to making decisions by starting with an answer rather than a question.
Microwave research is always half-baked with the hot answers near the top yet the real, cold truth is buried and requires effort to get to.
The LIFE Business Cynics: Cowards In The Dark
Here’s the deal; there’s a difference between being critical and being cynical.
Critical research is paramount to success and characterized by careful, exact evaluation and judgment such as the critical reading of a new book (by the way, Orrin Woodward, one of the LIFE Business Founders is a NY Times bestselling author…how many of his cynics are?)
Cynicism is by contrast means believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity; in fact, real cynics are doubtful as to whether anything is worthwhile.
So, taking this as basis for your research, the next time you Google ANYTHING ask yourself, ‘is this information critical information OR cynical information?’ Or more plainly…’is the writer trying to help me draw my own conclusions or more plainly trying to blow sunshine?
Unlike the cynical cowards who blast him, Orrin Woodward and the LIFE Business are right there in the open; Orrin’s not hiding behind layers of websites and pseudonyms.
Critics of both Orrin and LIFE continue to deflect the moral responsibility to gather hard won evidence and choose to confirm their cowardly positions with half-baked facts.
I was raised by a father who is a cowboy and served as a drill instructor. Putting 20 years in the Navy after having been raised on a ranch makes things very black and white: there’s right and there’s wrong; gray is for cowards.
Therefore, my father taught me that if you’ve something to say to someone then be a man, stand up and say it directly to them and damn the consequences.
However, if you’re not man enough to stand up, and opening speak your mind to the other person, you’re a coward plain and simple.
Noticing any analogies to our present situation?
Based on my unique upbringing coupled with being a university researcher taught the truth lies not in what the various pundits and charlatans are babbling on about; rather, it lies in going straight to the source, doing my own research, weighing things out in my mind and then making a decision based on the preponderance evidence coupled with a personal gut check.
Sadly, in today’s world of instant information, anyone can ‘sound’ authoritative however; simply spewing out a statement as the truth without a solid base of evidence is, well…only opinion.
Unfortunately, people blindly accept something as the truth without stopping to look at evidence and especially RESULTS.